The Happy List: 8 Ways To Have Fun And Give Back This Week

We’ve got eight more great events for you this week: from a festival celebrating creativity for good, to a feminist take on a Jack the Ripper walking tour… and...

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1. Learn the hidden history of women of the East End on an alternative Jack the Ripper walking tour @ Aldgate – Thursday 16th

Hear the untold story of Jack the Ripper’s victims on this hidden history tour, celebrating the strength of women forced to sell sex for survival, not a serial killer. Visiting the streets where the women lived, you will explore what is known about their lives and commemorate their deaths. Alongside these historic tragedies, you’ll hear the stories of women still affected by sexual exploitation in the area today and how you can take action on these issues.

Tour ticket includes refreshments provided by social enterprise Luminary Bakery and free admission to the East End Women: The Real Story Exhibition on display at St Botolph without Aldgate.

Tickets are £5 and can be bought here. The tour departs from St Bartolph without Aldgate at either 6:30pm or 8:30pm. More dates are available too – check the eventbrite page for further details.


2. Become a dragon for the day and support 3 great social projects @ Wieden+Kennedy – Tuesday 14th

Join the Young Funding Network and three great social change projects for an evening of pitches, pledging and plenty of (free) drinks. The three projects pitching for your support are:

Bloom Bakery – supporting long-term unemployed people into work through their fabulous cafe and training programme; Green Schools Project – helping pupils make their schools a greener place, teaching them essential life-skills in the process; and last but not least, our friends at Juta Shoes – who provide flexible, well-paid work to marginalised women hand-making sustainable esapdrilles.

Tickets are £10 and proceeds go to the winning project. Full details here.


3. Join a festival celebrating creativity for good @ various Hackney location – Saturday 18th

Cause2Create is hosting a unique festivel to celebrate some of the amazing ways in which creativity has been used as a force for good. They’ll be shining a spotlight on some of issues effecting society today – from homelessness to mental health, the refugee crisis to communities polarised by political events.  Spanning four waterfront venues – Stour Space Gallery, Swan Wharf, White Post Café and Grow Hackney – expect an exciting and thought-provoking programme of art, talks, workshops, films, photography, music, design and performance. All exhibitions, workshops and film screenings are free to attend but they recommend booking a ticket (donation) for talks, performances and the #CreateChange Live closing party.

The full programme and tickets can be found here. Donation amounts on ticket bookings are optional (£1 minimum) and all proceeds will help launch our Refugee Voices project.


4. Jokes = Books @ Union Chapel – Tuesday 14th

Join an amazing night of comedy curated by Colin Murray and featuring six leading comedians including Matt Forde, Eddie Kadi, Justin Moorhouse, Lucy Porter, Paul Sinha and Iain Stirling. All in aid of the charity COCO Foundation and their audacious plan to build a library for the children of the Maasai in Kenya.

You can find out more details on this great project here and buy tickets for £20 here.

5. Check out Fringe! Film fest @ various venues – Tuesday 14th to Sunday 19th

Fringe! is London’s volunteer-run queer film and arts fest, showcasing an eclectic mix of films, arts and events celebrating LGBTIQA+ stories from around the world and welcoming everybody. Screenings and events will be happening across the city, including at social enterprises Dalston Rio, Barbican, Hackney Showroom, Rich Mix and the Geffrye Museum.

Check out the full programme and buy tickets here.


6. Celebrate World Philosophy Day with a ponder and a wander around a socially-minded members’ club @ HoSB – Thursday 16th

To celebrate World Philosophy Day the Philosophy Foudation is teaming up with London’s only mission-driven private members club, House of St Barnabas, to offer you the opportunity to have a ponder and wander through their stunning Soho space. They will be scattering philosophical questions in each room that respond to the history of the building and our work, supporting people affected by homelessness into lasting employment. Seek out their philosophers in residence to stretch your mind, to explore and question society, culture, gender, art and pleasure.  In the evening there will be two facilitated philosophical conversations exploring the relationships between individuals, society and the state in ancient Athens, and in contemporary global society.

Tickets are free and you can register for them here. The evening sessions appear to be sold out, but you can still register for general admission into the club.


7. Hack the food system @ Vauxhall City Farm – Wednesday 15th

Join the Lambeth Food Partners, fellow foodies and food activists, and colleagues working across the local food movement to hack the local food system. This event will bring together the best brains and brightest ideas to consider how to best tackle local food system challenges such as food waste, food insecurity and unhealthy food swamps. The last time a similar event was held, the idea for the People’s Fridge was born!

The meeting starts at 18:30. Register for free here… a light supper and drinks will be included.


8. Drink and draw: connect with others through art @ The Scolt Head – Thursday 16th

Drink and Draw is an interactive experience connecting people through sketchbooks. Engage with others while exploring your own artistic abilities – whatever your level. For the set-up, think speed-dating with a sketchbook in your hand. Sit across from your fellow attendees, connect and draw portraits of each other, when the time is up you move onto a new partner and a new conversation. At the end of the night, you will leave with a sketchbook full of unique drawings of yourself and all the people you meet will leave with a drawing created by you in their book.

The session is led by Pam Ceesay, artist and director of the London Sketchbook Festival, an annual live event showcasing local and international projects from creative individuals and studios. The event is being hosted by Hackney Arts, a social enterprise that partners with community organisations to deliver their classes for free to residents using their services.

Get your tickets for £22 here. Event starts at 7pm.